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The Fitzpatrick-Thomas Letter of 1840




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All stamp collectors know the famous Penny Black, the first ever postage stamp, which was used in Britain and Ireland from May 1840. The stamp was sold from 1 May but only valid for postage from 6 May and examples of early usage are highly prized. Penny Black letters posted in Ireland in the first few weeks are very scarce and the earliest certain and unambiguous usage is on a letter posted in Dublin on 8 May 1840. This letter and the fascinating story behind it, a story which links rural Cavan with the splendour of the Indian Raj, is the subject of a new little booklet by Stephen Ferguson, Curator of the An Post Museum. The booklet, through the generous assistance of the owner of the Fitzpatrick- Thomas letter, contains a beautiful facsimile of the original, complete with Penny Black
stamps. 

Product Code: 12B1

Price: €8.50 

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